Japan requests extradition of Americans in Carlos Ghosn case

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Japanese officials have officially asked the United States to extradite two Americans accused of helping former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn escape from the Tokyo action film.Japan has submitted extradition requests for former Green Beret Michael Taylor and son Peter to the US State Department in accordance with the two nations extradition treaty, federal prosecutors said in a court file on Thursday.

The disclosure came more than a month after authorities caught the Taylors in May. Tokyo prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for the father-son duo, who allegedly helped execute an elaborate caper in December to bring Ghosn to Lebanon, which involved putting the old ex-auto in a box. audio equipment.

Federal prosecutors said they would provide copies of Japan’s extradition requests to Taylor lawyers, but the documents were not in the federal court files on Friday morning. The State Department referred questions to the Department of Justice, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Neither the Japanese Embassy nor a Taylors lawyer immediately responded to the emails for comment.

The demands came in the midst of a legal battle between the federal government and the Taylors’ lawyers over whether to cancel the arrest warrants. The couple’s legal team argued that their alleged role in the Ghosn escape did not constitute a true crime in Japan, according to a prosecutor, who relies on an “incorrect” interpretation of Japanese law.

Carlos Ghosn
Carlos GhosnAP

At the time of his escape, Ghosn, 66, was on bail in Tokyo pending trial for allegedly underreporting $ 80 million in earnings and siphoning the company’s money for his own use. He denied the allegations and said that he fled “the persecution.”

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